Alaska’s ‘Wilderness’ bus removed for security reasons

An abandoned bus in the wilderness of Alaska has been removed from its long-standing site for “public safety” reasons made famous for its “Into the Wild” book and film.

On Thursday, an Army National Guard helicopter lifted the bus from the old plot of state territory, about half a mile outside the denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska Public Media reported.

“I know it’s the right thing for public safety in the region, it is removing the dangerous appeal,” said Denali County Mayor Clay Walker.

“At the same time, it’s always a bit of a pain when part of your past is removed,” he said.

The area where the bus resides has no mobile phone service and is uncomfortable with unpredictable weather conditions.

There is also the raging river of Teklanica, which prevents the nearby swollen banks, Christopher McCandless, whose life is depicted in the “Wilderness”, from seeking help before the 1992 hunger death.

Bus and McCandless’s trip to the wilderness of Alaska was first known in Jon Krakauer’s 1996 book by Sean Penn in a movie.

McCandless spent 114 days in the bus before he died.

Over the years, hikers cover the hilly terrain to take a look at the historic bus, sometimes causing injuries and even more deaths.

Last year, a newly married woman from Belarus died trying to get to the site.

Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige told Alaska Public Media that he conducted 15 bus-related search and rescue operations between 2009 and 2017.

It is unclear where the bus will go in the long term, but local mayor Walker said it can be on display.

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